Stella – An Easy Shrug Knitting Pattern
March…in like a lion, out like a lamb. That is the old adage. My mother always said it, and it is generally true. The forecast was calling for a pretty serious Nor’easter to head up the coast on March 12-15, 2017. The lion showed up a little later than usual this year but has shown up nonetheless.
Sometimes A Project Name Comes Easy
Winter storms aren’t officially named due to the nature of them (according to Wikipedia), however, they seem to be unofficially named these days. This particular storm was named Stella. Hence the title of this simple and easy shrug pattern (as I began to knit it at the start of the storm. No brainer, right?). I will tell you that my thoughts went to the movie, A Streetcar Named Desire when I had heard they were naming this storm after Marlon Brando’s character’s wife in the movie. What a classic! This great shrug will become a classic too. It will be that sweater that you will grab for all occasions for years and years to come.
Some Like Comfort Food – I Like Comfort Projects
Any time there is a forecast for such a storm, I like to be prepared. I check my heating oil level, stock my emergency kit, make sure I have plenty of batteries, put the snow shovel by the back door, charge my phone, fuel my car up, etc. There is a lot to do before a big storm to keep safe. But most of all I like to have a project to work on so I can curl up in my comfy chair and watch the snow blanket the landscape all the while praying the electric doesn’t go out.
I want this project to be an easy knit. Almost mindless in fact! Something straightforward with no shaping. A shrug would be perfect. And if I get it completed before the blizzard is over, I will be curled up in that said comfy chair, wearing my shrug, and watching the snow blanket the landscape and continuing to pray that I don’t lose my electric!
Easy Beginner Pattern
This pattern is easy enough for a beginner. It is knitted using a chunky yarn, on a size 15 circular knitting needle, and knits up pretty fast. This pattern is not worked in the round, but back and forth on the circular needles. I like working on circulars due to the weight of the project being distributed across the circular cable compared to using straight needles. But size 15 straight needles certainly can be used here.
This is knitted in a rectangle that is folded in half, and sewn along the sides (see diagrams). It is a forgiving pattern as there is no shaping.
Stella Shrug Pattern
- 8 skeins of 1.75 oz. Chunky Yarn (I used Bucilla Spice, that I believe is no longer in production.) You can use any chunky yarn that gives you the required gauge.
- Size 15 circular needles 29” length or size 15 straight needles.
- Tapestry needle to weave in ends.
- 8 1/2 sts = 4″
- 13 1/2 rows = 4″
- Make sure that you check your gauge. Knit at least a 4”x4” square and block it to get the correct gauge. This step is important for proper fit.
CO – Cast On
K – Knit
P – Purl
BO – Bind Off
WS – Wrong Side
RS – Right Side
CO 65 sts (I used the long tail CO).
Row 1 – K (WS)
Row 2 – K (RS)
Continue rows 1 and 2 for a total of 16 rows (knitting every row is called garter stitch).
Row 17 – P
Row 18 – K
Continue rows 17 and 18 until your knitted piece measures 34 3/4 inches. Ending on an RS row.
Now you will begin knitting in garter stitch.
Row 1 – K (WS)
Row 2 – K (RS)
Continue with row 1 and 2 for 16 rows.
BO stitches loosely.
Block your rectangle to measure 31″ x 38″. Now that your shrug is dry, it is time to sew up the side seams. Lay your rectangle down with the right side facing (see diagram 1).
Fold the shrug in half (short ends together. See diagram 2).
Measure from the fold line down, 7″ (this is going to be your arm opening). Mark this spot (going through both layers) with a piece of contrasting yarn.
Sew Up The Seams
Sew up the side seam using a strand of the yarn you used in the project. I start mine from the bottom edge and work my way to the armhole for 12″. Stop when you reach the maker (see diagram 3). Repeat on the other side.
YeeHaw! It is done, and so is the storm! I thank the Good Lord that I didn’t lose my electric. There was a lot of damage and power outages all around me. I was truly blessed to make it through Stella without any problems! I know this is going to be one of my favorite sweaters.
It is very hard to capture the true color of this pretty shrug. The photos honestly do not do this piece justice. I just love it! I hope you will try your hand at this quick and easy pattern. Have fun with it. I know you will love it too!
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This pattern was written by me. This pattern is not to be sold as this is a copyright infringement. You can sell an item made from this pattern. As a courtesy, please list me as the creator. Thank you.